New UK-China Joint University Programs: Uclan and Bangor University
Two new joint university programs were announced during the UK’s Universities and Science Minister David Willets’ recent visit to China, including:
- The Hebei University-University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries, which will begin offering programs in September this year and is looking to recruit 200 students each year for the four-year programs on offer. Over the longer term, the cohort is expected to grow to 1600 students and the curriculum expanded to also focus on science-related subjects. The joint school has been granted ‘non-independent’ status from China’s MOE, meaning that although it will be a separate entity, Hebei University has full ownership (for more information, see media release).
- Bangor College in Changsha – a partnership between the UK’s Bangor University and China’s Central South University of Forestry and Technology. Bangor College will begin offering undergraduate programs in September in accounting, banking, finance and electronic engineering.
During the visit, the UK and Chinese governments also signed a three-year agreement on educational collaboration, including higher education, vocational education, research and language learning and teaching.